"In his speech, Mr Bush dismissed what he called the "exaggerated estimates" of the cost. And he added: "The costs are necessary when we consider the cost of a strategic victory for our enemies in Iraq." The BBC’s Richard Lister in Washington said that the speech conspicuously lacked any references to Iraqi weapons of mass destruction – the removal of which had been the stated aim of the war. President Bush appeared to be attempting to redefine the invasion as a mission to remove Saddam Hussein, our correspondent said. BBC
The president is still "sure." You can see that in the scowling demeanor. You can hear it in the taut voice, the twangy folksiness of the voice, so reminiscent of one of the "characters" in "No Country for Old Men."
As I write this, I hear Obama in the background. He is speaking at Fayetteville with "Iron Mike’s" statue lurking in the background at Ft. Bragg. "Iron Mike" is the archtypical enlisted paratrooper. Obama says that he is going to withdraw from Iraq. Bush says that there will be no more serious withdrawals unless the generals on the ground say there should be. Guess what that means. That means an "endless war," in Obama’s phrase. Generals don’t vote to take responsibility for national policy decisions. They are by nature, and the nature of the process that made them generals, far too risk averse for that. If a decision to make war or not to make war is left to them they will pretty much always vote for the status quo.
Bush’s Pentagon speech today contained no time line for the evolution of the war. War without end, Amen. How long before the American people start to walk away from "Iron Mike" in disgust? The applause for Bush at the Pentagon today will be remembered. I remember a time when my friend Mike could not walk down the street wearing his uniform. I do not want to see that again.
Bush, perhaps deliberately, dances, bobs, weaves and scowls over the identity of the enemy, and the reasons that he and the Jacobin neocons gave us for going to war. Much of that argumentation has been "exploded" by the failure to find it anywhere other than in the pages of rags like "The Weekly Standard" but that does not seem to bother him.
The Vice President seems as insulated from reality as always and absolutely shameless in his public denials of reality in Iraq. What’s the deal with him? Is he really impaired somehow or is it about the money as the "oilies" insist?
Then, there is John McCain. He does seem impaired. Lieberman had to remind him that AQ is a Sunni group who hate the government of Iran?
The Democrats need to sober up and get Hillary and Obama onto the same ticket. I don’t care who gets the top spot.
"Iron Mike" and his buddies deserve to be led by some one other than fools and knaves. pl